(This post originally appears at miamitimesonline.com as a part of the “A Local Voice on Mental Health” column)

He created the best story he has ever written and produced — in his mind. For several weeks, Vester Lee Flanagan II, former on-air performer and reporter of local news station WDBJ located in Roanoke, Virginia, wrote a script that only he could play the starring role in.

Flanagan was a Black, gay male who felt mistreated by everyone who reveled in the acts of other mass murderers such as the orchestrator of the Virginia Tech massacre, Seung-Hui Cho, and Dylann Roof, the killer who murdered in cold blood several African Americans while they sat in church. For a Black man who claimed to be the target of discrimination, he openly confessed his infatuation for a white mass murderer and an Asian gunman who killed 32 people before killing himself. That is not where his illogical tirade ended.


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Delvena Thomas

About Delvena Thomas

Dr. Delvena R. Thomas was trained in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical Systems in Baltimore (MD). She is a board-certified psychiatrist who maintains a private practice in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and forensic psychiatry. She serves as a voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, as well as a consulting psychiatrist at Cleveland Clinic–Florida.

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